Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Greek Mythology The daughter of Zeus and Leda and wife of Menelaus, considered to be the most beautiful woman in the world. Her abduction by Paris caused the Trojan War.

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  • proper n. Helen of Troy, a famous beauty in classical Greek legend.
  • proper n. A female given name.

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  • n. (Greek mythology) the beautiful daughter of Zeus and Leda who was abducted by Paris; the Greek army sailed to Troy to get her back which resulted in the Trojan War

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Greek Helenē.

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From Ancient Greek Ἑλένη (Helenē), possibly connected with ἥλιος (hēlios, "sun").

Examples

  • JACOB HILL, BROTHER OF HELEN HILL: If, in some grotesque way, Helen has become a touchstone to what's happened in New Orleans, then, I didn't want her to be a martyr, but let's -- let's accept that and shed some light on the tragedy that is still happening in New Orleans.

    CNN Transcript Jan 11, 2007

  • "Your Cousin Helen is coming to visit us," said Miss Izzie, curtly, and disappeared into the Blue-room.

    What Katy Did: A Story

  • "No," said Katy, slowly, "I was only thinking – Cousin Helen, is it worldly to have pretty things when you're sick?"

    What Katy Did: A Story

  • Next to the honor of fair Scotland, my counsin Helen is the goddess of my idolatry; and she would forswear my love and kindred, could she believe me capable of feeling otherwise than in unison with Sir William Wallace.

    The Scottish Chiefs

  • With the Chicago-based musician Alison Chesley, who performs intense and unique avant-rock instrumental songs on her cello under the name Helen Money.

    The New Yorker

  • After that comes what I refer to as the "Helen Keller" model.

    Robert Slayton: Having a Sense of Humor About Disability

  • Now, let me just make one thing clear: "Helen" is a very heavy film.

    Sundance Review: Ashley Judd’s ‘Helen’ » MTV Movies Blog

  • "No," said Dr. Carr, "it doesn't, because Cousin Helen is half an angel already, and loves other people better than herself.

    What Katy Did: A Story

  • Helen is supposed to have another visitation at the yellow house later today.

    The Snatchback

  • As it becomes clear that, once again, Helen is being too closely observed to initiate the snatchback, Todd grows visibly frustrated and wonders aloud whether one solution might be to slow down “the old man” long enough to keep him from impeding the snatchback.

    The Snatchback

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